Nokia Lumia 1520 Launches On AT&T November 22nd For $199

lumia-1520Both Microsoft and AT&T are taking orders for two products launching on November 22nd: a 6-inch 1080p HD handset called the Lumia 1520 and the Xbox One gaming console. The Lumia 1520 will be available in 16GB matte black, yellow, and white, with a glossy red version as well. The camera is 20 megapixels and features the latest version of the Windows Phone operating system, with AT&T’s 4G LTE network to boot, all for $199.

Huzzah, for one more valiant try at making the Windows Phones successful.

Via: AT&T

Google Glass Monthly Software Update: Directions To Home And Better Agenda

MyAgendaGoogle Glass has received its regular monthly update, this time even less important than previous ones, but very much an improvement, nonetheless. The first new feature is “by popular demand”, apparently, and is rather simple but actually an excellent idea: By saying, “OK Glass, get directions home” the headset will conveniently fulfill the request for aid.

The same assistance applies to agendas:  The “OK glass, Google” command followed by “my agenda” for details, or get more specific with something like “what am I doing in November?” and you will receive the requested info.

Sounds like a decent tweak to go along with the updated Google Glass Explorer headset.

Via: Glass (G+ Page)

Sony Engineer Tears Apart The PlayStation 4, And It’s Beautiful

ootri-ps4-teardownGrace the sight above: Sony engineering director, Yasuhiro Ootori, has taken apart a PlayStation 4 inside of the company’s headquarters in Tokyo’s Shinagawa district. Taking about an hour and a half, he took apart the fragile 8GB of GDDR5 memory, x86  processor chips, built-in power supply and motherboard, with a plethora of screws; we’ve all been able to see what the inside of a PS4 looks like, before its American launch later on in November.

Also present in the teardown is the Blu-Ray drive, WiFi, Bluetooth, input ports and the physical casing. Who knew that things in pieces could be so mesmerizing?

Via: Wired

Google Nexus 5 Review: Awesome, But Don’t Rest On Your Laurels

The Nexus 5Oh, it is interesting. Every year, Google refreshes its lead Android phone line, the Nexus brand, by building the newest Android software version with a new body and creating an in-house device. Sometimes, it’s a hit-and-miss sort of arrangement.

But, this year? The Nexus 5 is capable of a lot of things; being successful is not even the tip of the iceberg: the 16GB model sold out in less than half an hour. Being $350 as an off-contract, unlocked smartphone with some of the highest-end specs in the industry. isn’t even cutting it close. So, what is it then?

It’s the possibilities. Don’t worry, the review below explains what is perceived.

Nikon Made The Full-Frame Df Camera So Outstandingly Beautiful

nikon-dfWith an ISO range of 12,800 and expandable to ISO 204,800 all via a physical dial, the full-frame Nikon Df camera is just what a professional photographer ordered, with the price to go along with it — $2,999 for the 1.56 pound body and a new 50mm f/1.8G lens, or $2,750 body-only starting later this month. One really awesome fact: it supports the current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D lenses, but also Ai and non-Ai Nikkor lenses going all the way back to 1959.

Thankfully, Nikon made sure that the Df wasn’t just a beautiful camera, but one that could shoot pretty great photos, with a 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, shots at 5.5 frames per second, an optical viewfinder with 100 percent field of view (thanks to the pentaprism hump), and displays the shots you took on a 3.2-inch screen filled with 921,000 dot resolution. Its dimensions are totally within the retro camera stage: 5.6 x 4.3 x 2.6 inches, so it is a little large, but strangely, as part of the engineering, it features a small battery, so video recording is not an option.

Still, it’s amazing to look at.

Chrome Industries Yalta Backpack Review

DSC01283There are few companies that pay attention to their carrying gear like Chrome Industries does. Great designs, tough materials like ballistic nylon and Cordura, paired with metal buckles and waterproof pouches and zippers, and you have a big catalog of bags that will last you a very long time. So naturally, I went with one of the most hardcore assault bags for a review: the Yalta.

Swiss Army Original Limited Edition Watch Review

DSC01222The Swiss Army, maker of all things utilitarian. But sometimes, instead of a pocket knife with a dozen tools and USB sticks, all you need is the time, in Swiss fashion. This is were the Original LE comes in; it’s a limited-run of 1989 units (the year this watch was first introduced) and I’ve gotten my hands on one of them, so of course a review is the only way to share the joy.